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Nazca Polychrome Head Kero

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Seller: bremaley (471) 100%, Location: Tucson, Arizona, Ships to: US, Item: 291939327959 A Nazca polychrome decorated head kero. I’m 99.9% certain that this is a reproduction, even though I was told it was authentic by the ‘reputable’ dealer who I purchased it from (more on that at the end of the listing). The vessel sits on a rounded bottom (it will not sit up unassisted; it was supported from underneath the cloth for the photos) and flares out slightly at the rim. The face has a relief nose, almond-shaped eyes and facial hair. There is also a black circle under each eye. Not sure if this is supposed to represent scarification, or something else. He wears a headband adorned with some sort of zoomorphic face; looks like an abstract, sideways fox. Dimensions: 2 3/4”H x 2 1/4”W. As for my thinking that it’s a reproduction: I’ve never seen a head kero this small, even though many Pre-Columbian cultures made miniature pottery. Also, the polychrome decoration isn’t as vivid as it should be, and the little smile is inconsistent with the ways mouths are usually painted on Nazca pottery, be it vessels, figures, dolls, etc. Just the condition alone arouses suspicion. As I was saying earlier, the ‘reputable’ dealer who I acquired this from turned out to be far less than professional. His lack of expertise ranged from Persian weapons to Pre-Columbian pottery, and he didn’t even bother to check simple things like museum accession numbers prior to putting items up for sale. The only provenance that the piece came with was ‘it was from an old Florida collection’. If this is a reproduction, it’s an excellent example. The piece has thin walls, fairly accurate decoration, and is in perfect condition. It is priced as a reproduction (expect to pay $1000 and up for a real one), and would be a good basic ‘shelf’ example of Nazca pottery.

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